From 1967 to 1971, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) ran a revolutionary program which facilitated the partnering of emerging artists with tech and science companies of the time. Among the roster of artists who participated in the first iteration of LACMA’s Art + Tech program are Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg, and James Turrell. Today, LACMA’s Art + Tech Lab (est. in 2013) continues this spirit of cross-disciplinary collaboration, funding artist-led projects that wouldn’t be achievable without the financial and advisory support offered through the Lab. In this episode, we speak with Joel Ferree, Art + Technology Lab Program Director, about the history of the Lab, the various projects and partnerships that are offered, and LACMA’s commitment to providing the time, space and resources to make possible these creative projects.
-About LACMA’s Art + Tech Lab-
Inspired by the spirit of LACMA’s original Art and Technology program (1967-1971), which paired artists with technology companies in Southern California, the Art + Technology Lab at LACMA supports artist experiments with emerging technology. Through our sponsors, the Lab provides grants, in-kind support, and facilities at the museum to develop new artist projects. To date, 20 artists from around the world, including Ghana, Ireland, Korea, Mexico, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Switzerland, have received awards through the Art + Technology Lab.
Learn more about the Art + Tech Lab here